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200 Gulu teachers have fake letters

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th December 2007 03:00 AM

THE Gulu district public accounts committee has unearthed more than 200 primary school teachers in the municipality with fake appointment letters issued by some unscrupulous officials.

By Chris Ocowun

THE Gulu district public accounts committee has unearthed more than 200 primary school teachers in the municipality with fake appointment letters issued by some unscrupulous officials.

“From our investigations, key officials of the municipal council and district service commission were involved in issuing fake appointment letters to teachers.

This is regrettable and the committee directs its immediate stoppage,” committee chairman Peter Oryema said yesterday.

The probe was after claims of irregular recruitment of teachers in the municipality and targeted those appointed between 2000 and 2006.

After the investigation, the committee wrote a report showing that 111 teachers were serving in the municipality without transfer letters. Fifteen of them were from Nebbi, Kitgum, Masindi, Arua, Moyo, Kamwenge, Adjumani and Mukono.

Copies of the report were given to the Auditor General, IGG, the district chairman and RDC.

"Deployment of personnel to work in public offices without formal appointment is contrary to Article 200 (1) of the Constitution,” the report reads in part.

Some nine teachers confessed to the committee that they did not sit for interviews but were appointed after bribing some officials.

The committee recommended cancellation of the appointments, removal of the teachers’ names from the payroll and the dismissal of the errant officials.

However, the committee cleared 164 teachers whom it said had been properly appointed and had all the relevant documents.

200 Gulu teachers have fake letters

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